Question 1:

The International Standard Book Number (ISBN) used in many libraries consists of nine digits followed by a tenth check digit (somewhat like Hamming codes), which satisfies

Determine whether each of the ISBN’s below is correct.

(a) 0-07-232569-0 (USA)

(b) 91-7643-497-5 (Sweden)

(c) 1-56947-303-10 (UK)

Question 2:

When printing the ISBN , two unequal digits were transposed. Show that the check digits detected this error.

Remark: Such codes are called error correcting codes and are fundamental to wireless communications including cell phone technologies.

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Nalin Pithwa.